It has been an exciting two months for Scottsdale (Arizona) Saguaro outside linebacker Kyle Soelle. Since transferring from Notre Dame Prep, he added his first scholarship offer from Hawaii on Feb. 12. San Jose State and Nevada were the second and third to offer two weeks later. UNLV, Army and San Diego State have also followed suit in March.
“It’s been really crazy,” Soelle said. “I had to transfer due to family problems and a hardship. It’s been crazy this spring it’s going to amp up even more and I’m really excited and looking forward to it all.”
Hawaii, Nevada and UNLV have been keeping close contact, Soelle said, though he plans to unofficially visit SJSU and SDSU while in California this offseason. SJSU Offensive Line Coach Adam Stenavich has been his primary recruiter with Head Coach Ron Caragher also staying in contact.
“I talked to their head coach and he was telling me about the area which was really interesting,” Soelle said of SJSU. “I’m looking to check it out this summer to see how it is and get a feel for it. I’ve been looking into their defensive scheme. That’s about it for now, but we’ll see in the summer when I check it out.”
“I’m hoping for a Power-5 school to offer, possibly ASU or UA because their in-state,” Soelle said. “But we’ll see about that, I’m not sure if they'll offer yet.”
When it comes to his recruitment, academics is one of Soelle’s highest priorities. He is especially in search of a school with a good business program.
The Arizona prospect plays both tight end and outside linebacker, though most schools are recruiting him as a linebacker. Last year he had 21 tackles and 3.5 sacks on offense with 37 receptions for 334 yards and a touchdown on offense.
He is currently listed at 6-foot-4 and 220 lbs.
“I really like to come off the edge and blitz the passer,” Soelle said. “I feel like I get to the quarterback quickly and they don’t have time to make reads or anything. But I can also drop back into coverage really well. I consider myself an all-around athlete and I have an overall great game. Some schools say I could play either way, but I’m primarily at outside linebacker.”
Editor's Note: Colorado State also offered Soelle shortly after this article was published.